By CJ’s Fitbumps

As the dust settles after the fun of the festive season, you may notice that your clothes feel a bit tighter and it is harder to get yourself motivated.

Over indulgence at Christmas and New Year of alcohol, rich food and sugary treats is normal for most and the quickest way to get rid of any extra unwanted padding is to follow the simple steps outlined below to set you up for weight loss and fitness success in 2018

Step 1 – Goal

Set yourself a goal with a specific date to get you motivated and focused.  Is there an up coming holiday, a special birthday, wedding or event?  Make a plan for what you want and when by then write it down.  Commit to you and your goal in writing and then keep it somewhere highly visible – on your fridge, your bathroom mirror or even in your car.

Step 2 – Fun

Work out what exercise you enjoy doing so it never becomes a chore.  Join a dance class, learn to surf, dust off your old mountain bike or even hiking in the bush.

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Step 3 – Accountability

Next, work out what is going to help you stay on track.  It is easy to stray off the path with out support so why not grab a mate or get the family involved?  Make family time fitness time!  If you are really serious or new to exercise invest in a personal trainer.

Step 4 – Prioritise

Make it a priority and where possible kick start your day with a workout as it is all too easy to procrastinate later in the day and let work, friends or your partner take precedence Empower yourself to become the healthier, fitter person you deserve to be and remember its OK to be selfish, it’s your body.

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Step 5 – Healthy Eating

Reduce your intake of foods that are high in sugar and fat and increase your intake of lean protein and vegetables.  It is also possible to increase your metabolism by eating regularly and aim to eat 5 smaller meals a day rather than 3 large ones.  Don’t forget the most important meal of the day – breakfast!!

Step 6 – Reward

Treat yourself to a new haircut, a pedicure, a new outfit or that sexy little bikini.  Knowing what that treat will be at the start of your fitness journey will also keep you motivated and on the road to success.


Author CJ’s Fitbumps  CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and post natal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at, email me via [email protected] or call me 07557683770.